Zero Emission – Hydrogen site Lampoldshausen

Promoting the marketability of hydrogen technologies

The Institute of Space Propulsion at the Lampoldshausen site has decades of experience in handling large quantities of hydrogen thanks to its engine tests for European space flight and is one of the world's largest users of hydrogen.

Zero Emission – Hydrogen site Lampoldshausen



01.05.2020 – 31.12.2024

Field of applications

  • Expansion of green hydrogen production capacities
  • Develop sustainable and CO2-neutral energy supply for the DLR site in Lampoldshausen
  • Create test capacities for hydrogen applications


16 million euros from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labor and Tourism of the State of Baden-Württemberg

The Zero Emission – Hydrogen Site Lampoldshausen project focuses on the production and use of green hydrogen. The aim is to research and implement the opportunities and challenges of the broad use of regeneratively produced hydrogen – under the special conditions of an energy-intensive site for testing space propulsion systems. This includes all the key components of hydrogen technology – from production and storage to application at the DLR and ESA test facilities in Lampoldshausen. Three sub-projects are researching different focal points:

Sub-project 1: "Green space flight"

The aim is to expand production capacities for green hydrogen, which will be used at the rocket test stands in addition to the test infrastructure for hydrogen applications set up in the project. By directly connecting another electrolyzer with an electrical connected load of around 2 megawatts to the nearby Harthäuser Wald wind farm, the DLR Institute's demand for gaseous hydrogen can be covered independently. In addition, the H2 infrastructure at the DLR site will be expanded to include hydrogen supply lines, which will enable direct media transfer between production, storage and application.

Sub-project 2: "CO2-neutral Site"

The focus is on the sustainable supply of heat and electricity to the site. To achieve the goal of a sustainable and CO2-free energy supply, DLR researchers are developing an optimized energy supply system, taking into account various future climate forecasts. In addition, research and development topics in the field of hydrogen mobility are also being addressed through the operation of two fuel cell vehicles.

Sub-project 3: "H2-Container Technical Center"

The site is building a modular and flexible test environment for hydrogen technologies. Together with partners from industry and research, the entire hydrogen value chain is to be investigated and improved. The aim is to accelerate the technology transfer from hydrogen research to hydrogen application. To this end, the DLR Institute uses its expertise in the planning, construction and operation of test bench facilities to support companies and research institutions in testing their own hydrogen plants and systems at the Lampoldshausen site.




Michael Füting

Project Leader
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Institute of Space Propulsion
Applied Hydrogen Technologies
Im Langen Grund, 74239 Hardthausen